The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, has announced that new gender grants have been awarded to three South African universities.

She made the announcement at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), Auckland Park – Kingsway campus on Tuesday.

The recipients are the Universities of Johannesburg, Stellenbosch and Western Cape.

The Duchess of Sussex  is in Johannesburg as part of her tour of South Africa after spending time in Cape Town last week.

She says the goal of the gender grants is to promote gender equality.

“The goal here is to be able to have gender equality, to be able to support women as they are working in research and higher education roles and also to be able to have workshops that will really help people to understand the importance of gender equality. When a woman is empowered, it changes everything in the community and starting in the educational atmosphere is really a key point to all of that,” says Markle.

Meghan and her husband are currently on a tour of Southern Africa, she is working with organisations to promote women’s education, health, entrepreneurship and leadership, fighting for the rights of women and girls.

The Duke proceeded on a solo tour of Botswana, Angola and Malawi where he will follow in the footsteps of his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, with work on clearing land mines, advocate for anti-poaching  and HIV awareness.

 Their final engagement, later in the day, will see the Duke and Duchess meeting with President Cyril Ramaphosa and his wife Dr Tshepo Motsepe before flying back to London.

-SABC NEWS